By Shibu Thomas
MUMBAI: Rape injures the soul of a woman, said the Bombay high court while convicting a youth of raping a nine-year-old girl dismissing the defence plea that there were no wounds on her body.
Justice Sadhna Jadhav also rejected claims that the survivor had been raped earlier and sentenced Rakesh Patel, 27, to eight years in prison. “The court cannot be oblivious of the fact that a victim in a rape case is not only an injured witness, who has suffered physical injury but the injury is a psychological injury. The injury is caused to the soul of the woman,” said the judge.